How useful are tests?

The Wing to Heaven

This is part one of my review of Daniel Koretz’s Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us. Part two, Validity and reliability, is here. Part three, Why teaching to the test is so bad, is here.

I’ve recently finished reading an excellent book about assessment by Daniel Koretz, a professor of education at Harvard University. It’s called Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us. It is very readable and clarifies a number of tricky issues about assessment. It’s yet another book which you would struggle to find on any English teacher training course but which I think provides answers to the questions a lot of teachers ask all the time.

As well as being interesting and useful for teachers, Koretz’s book should also be required reading for policymakers in the UK and US. Koretz is American and the book largely focuses on…

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